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the budget and the process. and incubate or and that is a crap shoot. and you know, your san francisco, travel, could no have existed without this body and actually bringing it into the existence, by the line items, and you will find that this chamber and the board of supervisors that created, the process that funded a lot of the modern day san francisco travel as we know it. the san francisco travel, go back to the 20s, and the 1920s and but, the body that you have today, and got a lot of the funding, from your legislative action, and thank goodness you don't need that dollars from the public any more, what we say is the same thing, and we have the same play book when you look and you are give us a line item to create african
americans, and all of the minorities, and this is not only support the industry, but also promote the culture and heritage here. and we actually create an institution that can break the back of poverty, and a lot of families, and it is not a hand out, and it is the way to view the communities that are strong and effective in erraticating poverty and hire more people to create an environment where you can see, that this say model, that the rest of the nation can use. >> thank you. >> if i could just make one comment about this. this is a very interesting idea, not one that i was aware of as we were going through the budget process and i do know that there is 3 million dollar, sort of ask of the budget attached to this which is the significant ask around a new program, but one thing that i would like to just suggest is that there are conversations about what we can do between now and next year to think
about a proof of concept and an investment that may not go from zero to three million and an idea for us to understand, exactly what we are talking about, and if there are things that we can do in partnership with the hotel council or sf travel to really understand what we are talking about. i think that it, and i am willing to engage in that conversation, and i don't want us to say, well, this is the cycle and talk about $3 million for next year, if there are things that we can do right now to approve a concept. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please? >> good afternoon. my name is robert woods and i am with the blank human rights, leadership council, san francisco. >> some years ago, i was a member of the group that developed the fillmore, when the fillmore was just tumble weed and fence, and we went out and we got a grant for them to
where the community could participate in this, and right now, we are looking at what we will be looking at what the chamber needs to, and the chamber need is not just a couple of dollars, they need a commitment that will make not only make themselves whole, but make the community in which they are planning to impact, whole, also. what we are looking at here, is we are looking at a chance to play with the house money like you did for lanar. and the mayor gave with it, the housing, and the 30, and the housing authority gave to it, with the housing which is became the developer, and 30 million dollars. well nalar is now out on third street buying up property, that
the community could never participate in. and that is what we call playing on house money. gambling with house dollars. and we would like to have that same opportunity for the chamber. we would like to play on house money too. this is not a game that is only for a few. if you are going to help our community, our community, in bay view, and point, we have a problem out there in with the lanar out there playing on the house money with 30 million dollars that they did not have to pull out of their pocket, for right now, and because we gave it to the four million on another project. we would like to have that same opportunity. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please? >> good afternoon, john, templeton and i want to thank
the supervisor for the support of the freedom trail and will generate another half million visitors and have an impact of $200 million and we have already begun our marketing to the tourism professionals, occur and we have a fleet of 12 vehicles that we are using for the tours of the african american freedom trail. and we are looking to bring a number of youth together to help us finish and file applications, and we have a conference on september the 13th and ladies and gentlemen, tony jackson, who is the house ranking block in the marine corps before he came the director of the parks and he is going to be our ski note speaker and we have an actual layout of the 400 sites that we have identified for the freedom trail. and as everybody has alluded it costs the money to do that and you know, we look forward to working with the staff to
identify resources, like the opportunity in the bay view hunter's point, and the arts commission, and the money that the puc has put together and there is another available to something like this and we look forward to work with you to actually create the jobs, the freedom trail addresses something that has been identified and all of the reports which is a sense of belonging, and this is a thing that we are actually trying to demonstrate by looking at the youth to show the impact that this heritage has on their performance. >> thank you. next speaker, please? >> thank you, supervisors, and members. and you may thank, supervisor cohen for this hearing, and let me, my name is reverend townsend, and the vice president and the san francisco branch and naacp and i want you
to know that brown would loved to have been here and he is still in las vegas, and i just returned from 105th, national naacp convention and something that i think everyone out to see once, before they buy, and it is an extremely important event. and i was not coming because my plane was delayed, i did not get until four in the morning but i turned on the tv and saw the hearing and i thought that i better get down for a couple of reasons, primarily to thank everyone involved, the black chamber and the travel industry, for all of the hard work that went into this and i want to say that when they were first approached, the response was amazing. we talked about the fact that we wished that we got that kind of response from the whole lot of other areas in the city. we know that we still have a lot of work to do, but the
groundwork is being laid and it is going forward and i got to tell you that in las vegas, where i just returned from, all over the hotel, african americans are working and when i was in chicago, this them sang and i was in los angeles, twice in june and the same thing is happening, but supervisor chiu i just want to say quickly, when it comes to prop 209, i want to remind you that doma and the defensive marriage act was a state law and san francisco oppose ited and filed a court brief against it. when the or when the ice and the feds said that we had to turn in people, san francisco not only defied it, because you did not agree with the law, you actually made it a sanctionary city and besides the government, what i am saying to you, was we bring up issues for our community, you say that you would like to help us, but you got your prop 209, has your hands tired and reverend brown says so what you are saying is
we have a problem but it is politically incorrect to do anything about it. but i am saying that it is time for san francisco to quit laying on prop 209 and get some courage and say we are willing to suffer the consequences for doing the right thing. bringing you something out of the naacp, every right that you have, every privilege that we have, was gifted to us in blood. because people had courage. i can look at you all up there, and look at your race and some someone had not been willing to sacrifice, none of you would be where you are. it is your turn, thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> i want to make one comment on that. >> i very much, appreciate your comments on prop 209 as you know, there were lawsuits, and the city of san francisco, joined in to challenge it, and we lost. and i would be happy for the additional losses and i think as a city we should continue to be on the record and push hard
for its repeal. and i am happy to talk to you about it. >> in the mic. >> please. >> because we lose a battle that is not the end of the war i agree. we have to keep on fighting. >> that is all that i am trying to tell you. >> we can't say i appreciate it and i would assume that i know that this is i am talking to the choir. thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please? >> thank you, very much. i react to say that the enterprise zone started in the 70s. and it started under the agency. and for the fillmore, and the bay view hunters point. and when is it still available, on the infrainstruct stur, committed that you all have, and the man have set up the city, and i would say like to
say, and we will amount to seeing the celebration and, 52 years ago. and the human rights. and it was 52 years ago. and they celebrated 50 years. there was never, never, anything started and some people to start with the unfinished agenda, and have to finish when nothing that he started, and now we are the ones, that got the human rights going. in 1962, and became a commission in 1964. >> and i would like to say that, i would listen to the people talking, and i said, let me put this down. and there are moneys that you are hidden in this city, and
under the other names, and the other names of what they are set up for and if you all, would call, and which have requested, you are going to find a whole lot of money that is coming into this city and sitting somewhere that it is not supposed to be sitting it is supposed to be for the community, and i stated at the last meeting that i was at there is going to be a white to come to the city hall and take a lot of folks to jail, thank you. >> and next speaker please. >> good afternoon. board members. my name is james brian and the western region director, and the program and institute. and i also chaired one of the committees. and that was involved in the san francisco travel process. and today, what i wanted to bring before all of you, is the importance of what is generated
by the hotel tax. and i think that you all probably know, that is somewhere, later on, the 800, or 8 million, and 800 million? >> yeah, we know how much that it is? >> my point is being, that those funds are all going to the general fund. and there is a significant amount and even though the hotels have to collect this amount, similar to the cities, they have no say, but what is the worse, is that the money for the city, s no specific place where it goes. and now, as doctor jackson just mentioned, if you want to talk about how you find the money where you don't have to look there and it is like with the hotel tax and it is right there and it is available, and you all have the ability as board
members, to look at that money, and make some determinations with that money. that is brought in to your coffers and i ask that all of you consider, how much it is, and how we could use that moneys and some that was mentioning 3 million dollars, and i know that it is at least 800 million dollars. >> and so let's look at that, and let's see how we can place that moneys into an area, to serve continually that need to be served and i want to thank you all for your time and thank you all for having this hearing. god bless. >> and i, mr. bryant, i would want to say something quickly before you leave. the money that goes to the... and it is specifically ear marked for a particular purpose it can't be done, and however we as members of the board can make suggestions ho how we spend the general fund dollars,
but the african american art complex and other institutions and i can go over a list that receive the funding from the hotel tax and i think that it is a great idea that is proposed here and i am open to exploring that idea but i am not willing to go to the ballot to make it one of those kinds of taxes that is specifically ear marked for that purpose. and i do think that working together with you, working together with the mayor's office and with the board of supervisors there is a real possibility that this incubator could become a reality. and i am excited about that and it could come from any possibility of funding options and i wanted to express that to you so that you know that that is the possibility other than hotel tax. >> yeah. >> i appreciate that. and the only reason that i brought that up is i know that you have great minds here and you can do some things with those great minds. >> and i want to answer your question, 607 million dollars, of hotel tax revenue was reported from last year.
>> 607 million. >> okay. >> thank you for your time and hopefully you can come up with the creative ideas of using it. thank you. >> mr. brian, next speaker, please? >> good afternoon, my name is derek, and i am the newly appointed ceo and executive director of the pac educational opportunities, and clearing house, and also known as the plan of action for challenging times. and we are located at on the divisedero street and our impact is in the city and county of san francisco for over 50 years. and the reason that i am here before you, is first of all is to commend each and every one of the members of the board of supervisors who have supported the findings of this very important initiative, to bring about the equity and one of the things that is involved in is
developing a pipeline of college, entry, and college advising, and academic tutorial service and those are all of the things that are going to fund, and actually not fund, but actually bring about the new workforce that you are looking for. and to integrate, the tourism industry here in the city and county of san francisco. and so one of the things that i might want to again, encourage the members of the board to do, is to really lean on using and to lean on the institutions like that that have been around for over 50 years, and we have had over 24,000, college degrees earned by students who came through pac, and over the last 50 years and i can guarantee you, that the majority of the people that i am talking to right now, and i am talking about within the sound of my voice, and out of the airways, don't know who we are. and so, we want to encourage you, and we talked to over 2,300 students in the city and
county of san francisco and about the college and career choices each and every year and, so please, please, reach out to us and we want to do what we need to do to roll up our sleeves and make this happen. thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> hi, good afternoon, my name is doug, and i am the president and ceo of a couple of... and a company that is located on webster street, and in the fillmore area and thank you, madam chair, and supervisors, i would like to thank the san francisco african american chamber of commerce here, today and i am for bringing this issue to the forefront and i would like the incubator idea and i think that it has been presented, and i just want to execute on that opportunity. and i also like to expand on that idea, and look into the supporting the existing businesses such as red gifer who has just provided in the
jails to provide the jobs to the under served communities to reduce resistism. and also a member of the san francisco, african american, chamber of commerce and also the naacp for years and resulting to having the conversations to support all of the minorities and small businesses and inclusion and the diversity and the travel hospitality and my goal is to have the multiple business owners up here testifying next year about how they have benefited from this initiative that has been brought before you by the san francisco. we want to see the execution and the delivery that can become the model of the other
industries as well. >> my name is gregory and i am an artist, and a really good, relationship, with mr. jordan and the chamber, because the foundation, is our fiscal sponsor to our project. our project is the san francisco veteran's mural project. and including these districts and the americans and our cities, and everyone here failed to mention it, and the tender loin, to 15 to 18 percent population, and i created that in the community, and over 3 and a half years ago. and it became a project.
and the project today is recognized worldwide, as the very significant project here, in the city of san francisco. and we have petitioned to have the street, officially changed to veteran's alley and we generate a lot of income for the community of the tender loin, just via the tours that we actually conduct, with that is the positive work that is coming out of the tender loin and the strides that have been made with that project and us, and i am only out here to show
you the support from the chamber, and to go and be aware of what has been happening there. >> thank you. >> i think that one thing that is absolutely critical, when we are talk about the african community, and we are not just talking about specifically in the limited districts >> it is understood that the african americans live across the city. >> you are going to be representing your own communities and there are nobody talking about the black people in the tender loin, and i am here and i have been working with him for three half four years and i know that they exist in the social economic condition, that even african americans within this community within the city, refused to recognize it but i recognize it and i speak for it and what i ask is that you do engage us.
we need you to teach us how to move forward in the next level. >> thank you. >> the next speaker, please? >> hello, and good afternoon. my name is bary, and i am actually coming as a representative of the access advocates which is a training program, which we have in the bay view, and with eight banks and we are affiliated with a few of the pastors and reverend, redic and smith, and we are also coming as a former, educator, in the bay view, and i taught over in the bay view
for over 15 years. and i also taught other juvenile log cabin for a few years. and i have also been a musician, performing in all of the clubs and every neighborhood, in san francisco. and i have performed in everywhere from pier 39, to up and down, fillmore street, and also, up and down, third street. and first of all, i would like to, thank you for opening up this opportunity to make alliances with the people such as kevin, carroll. and pines, and (inaudible) too. and i am also a member of the chamber, african american chamber of commerce and the naacp and i comment all of the things that have been happening but my question is actually, where is the money? and how do we get it? into the small, businesses like myself that we have started,
and into the community? several of the people that have, and the residents that we serve, have barriers such as felonis that need to be experienced and they don't have high school diplomas and things along that line and so we are trying to make sure that at least, we can get them into these jobs, and then keep, the people that are claiming that the jobs are there, accountable, so that we want to find some type of way that we can find out why, they don't get the jobs, and they get jobs and they try to get them. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please? >> good evening, supervisors, only got two minutes and so i am going to be kind of rapid, i want everybody to relax and i am not going to point no fingers at nobody. here i am here to talk about
the reality. you will see that the under served track, clusters that is us now. that is the black folks, we are the under served, sensored track, clustered and now, old supervisors wh, they had this meeting upstairs, when they were representatives and i was here and i appreciate you having the meeting here, but the bottom line is in this report it states that i am going to be on that committee data, tracking. and that is a problem that we have, now. i have have not one itch of information on the data and i have been doing it diligent to keep track on what is going on in the community as well as city hall. my question here is what in the hell is going on here today,
and you are doing the lip service and i support all that have, but the bottom line, city hall and as i stated before, we are in a state of 347b8g and we could have 100 people up talking about it and i am 60 years old and since i been in the city hall, over 25 years, i have been seeing this over from the unfinished agenda to the migration. and so, what the hell is going on? >> and the bottom line is, it government will use the money and so the money is going spit around here but we don't know, and that is my job, my name is ace, and i am going to be on this case. >> thank you mr. washington. >> next speaker, please? >> good afternoon, commissioners. and actually, i was and i
happen to be here at the city hall to pay my taxes. and i just thought about something and since i am here, and i am coming to tell you, because there is something that i want to share with you. because it was appropriate. and i, in my years, 30 or 40 years in business and government and the city, now, icon included that as when i shared that viewpoint, that it can be obtained by everybody immigrants, all, and everybody, except the african americans and the native indians of america, only. and now, i have a discussion about this with the... and we argued and we did not think that was okay. (inaudible).
>> are there any other members of the public that would like to make the comment at this time? >> seeing none, the public comment is closed and i just want to make a few comments, and i grew up in this city, and i have been actively engaged, and trying to help, support members of the community, and change lives, and yes, i represent district five, and i do it, but i do take offense